Golden Eagles Bring Down the Golden Flyers

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Nazareth sophomore Amy McIntosh (Horseheads/Horseheads, N.Y.) opened the scoring in Saturday's non-conference game; however, Brockport answered with six of the next seven goals to claim a 6-2 advantage midway through the first half. The Golden Eagles went on to defeat the Golden Flyers 16-12.

Junior Megan Cregan (Brighton/Rochester, NY) tallied a game-high six goals for Nazareth in the loss. Following the loss, the Golden Flyers slip to 2-3 overall. Brockport improves to 4-1 overall with the victory.

After McIntosh put Nazareth on the board, the Golden Eagles scored three goals, two of which came on free position shots, to claim a 3-1 lead with 20:36 to play in the first half. Katie Sullivan scored Brockport's first goal. Junior Alyssa Johnston (Canandaigua/Farmington, NY) scored an unassisted goal after the Golden Flyers won the draw control to pull Nazareth to within one goal, 3-2. The Golden Eagles responded with three goals in a span of 57 seconds to stretch their lead to 6-2. Brockport's balanced scoring attack helped the Golden Eagles extend their lead. Six different players scored on Brockport's first six goals.

Sophomore Kelsey McNaboe (Corcoran/Syracuse, NY) and Brooke Sullivan (Clinton/Clinton, NY) each scored midway through the period for Nazareth. Junior Erinn Wood (Vestal/Vestal, NY) assisted on McNaboe's score and McIntosh set up Sullivan's goal. Emily Zartman kept pace for the Eagles with an even goal and an player-up goal to maintain Brockport's four-goal lead.

Cregan tallied three goals in the final 7:19 of the first half to pull Nazareth to 11-7 at halftime. Cregan's first goal was on a free position shot. The second goal was following a pass by Wood, which temporarily trimmed Nazareth's deficit to three goals, 9-6. After back-to-back goals by the Golden Eagles, Cregan scored with 35 seconds remaining in the half on another free position opportunity.

With a one-player advantage to begin the second half, it took Cregan just 42 seconds to score her fourth goal of the game. After a goal by Brockport's Karen Bianchi, the Golden Flyers answered with consecutive goals in less than two minutes to pull within two goals, 12-10, with 24:28 to play in regulation. Johnston and Cregan scored the respective goals to cut Brockport's lead.

After a key save by Brockport's goalie, Bree Galloway, the Golden Eagles scored three straight goals over a span of 7:08 to take control of the contest. Galloway's save on a free position chance prevented Nazareth from pulling to within one goal. The ensuing scoring run provided Brockport a 15-10 advantage with only 14:24 remaining. Junior Leah Cronister (Brighton/Pittsford, NY) and Cregan added two goals late for Nazareth.

In addition to the six goals by Cregan, who came into the contest with five goals through the season, Johnston finished with two goals, followed by one goal apiece by McIntosh, Sullivan, McNaboe, and Cronister. Zartman finished with a game-high four goals to lead Brockport. Dayna Piraino and Bianchi also tallied three goals apiece as the Golden Eagles' leading scorers.

The Golden Flyers finished with a 17-14 edge in draw controls as Johnston collected a game-high eight draw controls for Nazareth. Brockport outshot Nazareth 36-23, including 24-10 in the first half. The Eagles finished with a 30-16 advantage on ground balls as they forced the Golden Flyers into 17 turnovers and collected many rebounds from missed shots. Nazareth forced Brockport into 13 turnovers. Cronister had a team-high three caused turnovers for the Flyers. Each team converted 50 percent of their free position chances. Brockport was 4-8 and Nazareth finished 5-10.

Sophomore Tara Prosak (Jamesville-DeWitt/Jamesville, NY) started and played a total of 42:12 in goal for Nazareth. Prosak finished with with a game-high 12 saves. Junior Shelby Robinson (Cicero-North Syracuse/North Syracuse, NY) recorded about 18 minutes of action and recorded two saves. Hannah O'Connor and Bree Galloway split time in net for the Eagles. Galloway tallied a team-high seven saves.

In its next contest, Nazareth hosts Cortland on Thursday, March 29th in a non-conference game.


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